The coinage of Apollonia and Dyrrhachium:
Some progress: 22 February 2017
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Bronze coins usually represent small change; not intended for foreign transactions. Illyrian bronze coins are exceptional in hoards from other Balkan territories. The two city states Apollonia and Dyrrhachium minted bronze coins separately; despite their monetary alliance for the silver coins.
I have not studied these bronze issues intensively, but graduallI will show all types of them here. Bronze coins corrode easily in aggressive (acidic) soil unless a resistant patina protects them for gradual dissolution. Few pieces have been preserved in fully identifiable condition.
Artemis - tripod
Obv. Head of Artemis to right. Monogram behind neck. Rev. Tripod within laurel wreath. AΠOΛΛΩ / NIATAN (APOLLO/NIATAN). BMC 47.
- Apollo/obelisk and Apollo/lyre. The Dimalla hoard (see Further reading) testifies that these two Apollo-obverse types were contemporary with the Apollo denar silver series.
- Zeus/tripod. The most variations of this type were found in a temple urn, see the Elbasan hoard in Further reading.
- Herakles/bow, club, and quiver
- Nike/palm and bunch of grapes